Royal Navy 0-1 Sholing
Dan Miller's second half header was the difference between the two sides as the Boatmen went through to the Hampshire Cup Quarter Finals and registered their 15th win on the spin. The Royal Navy team put in a good performance, making it tough for Sholing and it always felt like a game where one goal would probably win it. It arrived on 70 minutes, as Miller rose highest at the far post to power in a header from a corner.
It wasn't unlucky 13 for the Boatmen as they continued their 100% League record with a deserved win over Baffins Milton Rovers. After a quiet opening to the game, Baffins missed a golden chance to score and were made to pay a minute later when Marv's run & cross eventually found Lee Wort to hammer home from 10 yards on 34 mins. Dan Miller then had a header cleared off the line as Sholing took control of the match. On 50 mins, Dan Mason scored his 29th and probably most scruffy goal of the season as a clearance by the keeper hit him and sailed back into the net. There was nothing scruffy about the 3rd on 80mins, as a classy build up involving Marv & Ryan Mackney ended with Dan Mason smashing into the top corner, his 30th of the campaign. The visitors got a consolation goal on 83, but Sholing racked up their 14th win in a row - Match Report & Photos
Sholing 1-0 AFC Totton
Jake Hoole's second half goal put the Boatmen through to the Russell Cotes Cup 3rd Round as they defeated Southern League side, AFC Totton. In front of a good crowd of 202, both sides made changes, but still put out strong line-ups, although it was a low-key first half, with a shot a-piece on target by both sides. Game livened up in the 2nd half as Sholing threatened more, with Hoole forcing the keeper into a fantastic diving save. He wasn't to be denied on 72 minutes, as Targett's shot was blocked, but fell to Jake Hoole, 10 yards out to smash home his 6th goal of the season. Lee Wort went close twice and apart from a late chance for Bennett, Totton were unable to breach the solid Boatmen defence, as the club chalked up a 15th clean sheet of the campaign and 13th win on the trot - Match Report
Sholing 3-1 Bashley
In driving rain on a very heavy pitch, the Boatmen had to dig deep to maintain their 100% league record, a task made all the harder by having to play the final 25 minutes with 10 men. Bashley took the lead on 17 mins after a dubious penalty award, but the Boatmen were level on the stroke of half time as Brad Targett latched onto a flick-on to finish. The young striker scored his & Sholing's second on 58 mins when Lee Wort's inviting cross was met by a diving header at the far post by Targett. Brad then picked up a second yellow, after previously receiving a harsh first one. The Boatmen defended in numbers and although Bashley had a lot of possession & pressure, didn't really worry Gosney in goal. In added time, Byron won a tackle on the half way line to send Dan Mason clear, he held off a challenge, went round the keeper and smashed into the far top corner from a tight angle to seal the win with his 28th goal of the season. 12 out of 12 in the league and 12th consecutive victory in all competitions - Match Report & Photos
Sholing 4-2 Bournemouth
Boatmen were pushed all the way by the Poppies, but dug deep to emerge with another win and make it 11 out of 11 in the League. A game that ebbed & flowed started with a goal on 4 minutes for Lee Wort as a fortunate rebound set him clear and he slotted past the advancing keeper. Poppies were level on 23 when Roushbaiani scored after Gosney had saved his initial shot. The visitors were employing a very long throw and making the Sholing rear guard work harder than it probably has in the league campaign thus far. With it level at half time, the Boatmen regained the lead on 50 mins with a trademark Dan Mason control, spin and finish goal. The visitors pegged it back again on 66 mins when a long ball through the middle allowed Smith to poke past Gosney. Sholing quickly got back in front as Lee Wort lifted the ball over the keeper and Dan Mason made sure a yard out. Poppies piled on the pressure and missed a glorious chance in the final minute, but Sholing made sure of the 3 points in added time as Wort broke away, fed Brad Targett who drilled in a fine shot from the edge of the area - Match Report
Sholing 5-1 Malmesbury Victoria
An excellent performance by Sholing blew away Malmesbury, especially in a first half where very few teams would have lived with the Boatmen. Straight from the kick off, the pace, movement & touch of the Sholing players was pulling the visitors all over the place and the Boatmen took the lead on 13 mins when Marv skinned the full back and his cut back was nodded in by Dan Mason. Lee Wort soon matched his partner's 25 goals when on 23 mins he went clean through and coolly slotted past the keeper. 50 goals between them and its only November! The Boatmen's 3rd goal on 28 mins would have graced any game at any level. A passage of quick passes ended with Bulpitt flicking the ball through for TJ to square for Alex Sawyer to tap home. It was four on 32 mins when Sawyer's corner was met by Pete Castle and his header went in off the post as Sholing were irresistible and could have scored several more. 6 mins after the restart and it was 5 when Alex Sawyer broke down the right channel and his effort past the keeper was deflected over the line by a defender, but with Alex claming the goal. From then on, Sholing were able to cruise through the game and save their energy for upcoming games, but still could have added to their total with Targett, Wort & D-Dan all going close. The Boatmen had gone 747 mins without conceding when Malmesbury got a late consolation, but it took no gloss off a top notch show by Sholing who go into the FA Vase 3rd Round - Match Report & Photos
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